Mammography

ELIH offers both screening and diagnostic digital mammograms in a private mammography suite. State-of-the-art technology includes 3 D mammography also called Tomosynthesis. The 3D mammography exam is especially beneficial for routine screenings, patients with dense breast tissue or those with a history of breast cancer. The three-dimensional image provides a clearer view for radiologists because it reduces or eliminates the tissue overlap that typically occurs with 2 D mammography.

In addition to 3 D Mammography/Tomosynthesis and Breast MRI, ELIH provides Breast Ultrasound, a next-level diagnostic tool which may be prescribed by your physician following a mammogram. Computer Assisted Diagnosis (CAD) for mammography adds a virtual second opinion for every patient in addition to the skillful eye of the board certified radiologist team.

Regular mammograms and clinical breast exams remain the most effective method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage.

Mammograms don't prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible. For example, mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50; studies suggest for women between 40 and 50 they may lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 25–35%.

Who should have a mammogram?

Medical and health professionals agree every woman starting at age 40 should have a mammogram taken on a regular basis, usually every one or two years. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your physician may suggest that you begin having annual mammograms taken at an earlier age.

Who is at risk for breast cancer?

Every woman is at risk for breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The risk for breast cancer increases with age and for women with a family history of the disease. However, women with no history of breast cancer are also diagnosed with the disease.

Mammograms aren't perfect. Normal breast tissue can hide a breast cancer, so that it doesn't show up on the mammogram. This is called a false negative. And mammography can identify an abnormality that looks like a cancer, but turns out to be normal. This "false alarm" is called a false positive. To make up for some of these limitations, more than mammography is needed.

Women also need to practice breast self-examination, get regular breast examination by an experienced health care professional, and, in some cases, also get another form of breast imaging, like ultrasound or MRI scanning. Tell your sister, your mother or friend to make a Mammography appointment. Early Detection Saves Lives!

Preparation

  • Do NOT use perfume, powder or deodorant the night before or morning of your exam.
  • Wear a two-piece (top and bottom) garment.
  • To achieve the most accurate interpretation (reading), patients are asked to bring previous mammograms for comparison at the time of the exam.
  • You should also know when your last mammography was performed. (Must be 12 months since your last mammography screening for routine tests or 11 months for Medicare)

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